Accidents will eventually happen, and they can happen to any business at any time. Many businesses aren’t ready to deal with accidents, even though there are plenty of safety hazards that can be in the area. Considering that people spend around 40 hours per week at work, if not more, it’s important for you to understand what could compromise your safety at the office. Here are some of the most common hazards to safety at your workplace.
Small and Tight Spaces
When thinking about things that could be dangerous around your office, tight spaces may not be the first thought that comes to mind. To be fair, it’s not the tight space alone that poses a danger to you. Rather, the danger comes from small spaces that are packed with furniture and various clutter.
This is dangerous because you want to have spaces open just in case of an emergency from which you need to escape. Having escape routes unoccupied is very important for ensuring that people can leave the premises safely in the event of a crisis.
Depending on your work environment, you may be working with chemicals regularly. Workers in retail, lab, and factory settings use them often, usually to help keep work spaces clean. Chemicals can go for an extended period of time without being used, and you might think it’s harmless to let a bottle of cleaner sit on the shelves for a long time. However, some chemicals can get unstable as time goes on or degrade at the very least.
If your company uses chemicals, you have to have procedures describing how chemicals get bought and used. The procedures should also go over how you store and discard chemicals.
Overusing Extension Cords
We live in an era that is saturated with technology, to the point that it’s practically used in every aspect of our lives. This means we have many technological devices that we use throughout the day, such as computers, phones, printers, etc.
The bad news is that many offices aren’t equipped to accommodate so many devices at once. This results in workers using extension cords. For starters, these cords serve as safety hazards because people can trip over them. Beyond that, however, they could even be fire hazards if they become overloaded.
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